In lines 17-18 the young girl is drowning, and the old woman is rising. Passage of Time What the woman sees in the mirror is who she really is. It is imperative to read between the lines of the poem to fully grasp its idea. Anxiety makes the woman grow old and threatens to swallow her like a terrible fish. We will talk here more about the feelings conveyed in the poem. This mirror has, over time, been privy to the tears of a woman over who she sees in it, desperate grasps at moonlit lies, and the endless speculations of a pink with speckles wall. Gill notes that the poem is catoptric, meaning that it describes while it represents its own structure; this is down through the use of two nine-line stanzas which are both symmetrical, and indicative of opposition.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands. The wall is probably your true love who you will never have and can only flicker in your heart. The words are the surface but when you dive beneath the surface you begin to understand a totally different meaning. The poem also talks about the mirror never getting to close mediate on the opposite wall. Just as the poem reflects truths to readers, so the mirror in it reflects truths to the woman it sees every day. I assume Sylvia plath has narrated some part of her life into his poem.
She was found the next day and treated at a hospital in Belmont. Since this is the first line, we think of the color silver throughout the poem whenever we think of the mirror. It is her companion and confident. Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness. Lines 16-18 The mirror believes it is important to the woman, and so it appears relentlessly. The poem reveals her transformation over time through the supposedly unbiased mirror.
Their projection of hers is not exact as all blemishes of her face get hidden due to lack of light. Plath's poem also deals with the human desire to reverse the aging process. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. According to Aidan Curran, this makes the poem seem both more…. The fact that the mirror is the voice and has the starring role is a little odd, but Sylvia Plath wanted to show just how powerful an object the mirror is in people's lives.
The next line attempts to refute this claim, as it states that ''Whatever I see I swallow immediately. The mirror here stands as a symbol of unsullied truth and honesty. She regrets the loss of her youth. Her poems were never restricted to one interpretation. She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish In the beginning of the poem, is seems as though the speaker is young and sees things for what they are on the outside, yet doesn't judge by what they feel, simply by the information they can intake visually. I have looked at it so long I think it is part of my heart. Many of Plath's poems deal with the complexities of defining womanhood and existing in a female space. The woman needs the mirror to provide an accurate image of herself over the years, even though it is the cause of her suffering. He was an extraordinarily proud young man, so proud in fact that he turned down every girl who threw herself at him. Note that the poem is rife with such realization, which are further heightened by the use of personification and some relevant symbolisms e. The woman has spent her childhood and youth gazing at herself in the same mirror and now the mirror shows her ugly and withered face.
In lines 10-11 we find out that the mirror is a lake, shifting from the silver of a mirror to the silver of clear water. The mirror in the poem symbolizes truth. Although she lived a very unique lifestyle Sylvia Plath became a very well known respectable poet. Plath is trying to convey an image that the old woman mentioned in the previous line is no longer young or smooth, a terrible fish has been formed, a changed and older person has grown while looking in the same mirror throughout the years. The relationship between the two is thus of dependence and distrust.
Narcissus was enthralled by his reflection so much from what he seen in the river that his mental state deteriorated and he eventually killed himself. Although the woman goes to the flattering image of herself given by candlelight or moonlight, she continually returns to the mirror for truth. By using a mirror as the speaker of the poem, she explores the life of a woman as she grows old from an outward perspective. The poem relates to her life and also her perspective of the world. I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
Pink is associated with girlie things, but the connection isn't that clear. The mirror is personified - that is, it is endowed with human traits. Now, every time she looks back into the water, she sees an old woman growing older by the day; her true appearance. The mirror establishes that it tells the truth by reflecting exactly what it sees, with no intent to harm. But i have a different interpretation of this poem and i may be wrong but i want to share it nonetheless. Later in the poem we hear that, the candles and the moon are liars, and that the light that they provide is false. This stylistic device is called personification — the presentation of inanimate objects as if these are human beings.
Posted on 2011-01-19 by a guest Post your Analysis Message This may only be an analysis of the writing. The mirror prides itself on that same clear-cut honesty of the faces it regurgitates back for judgment. With this key, its meaning becomes clear. It is further unbound by any of the formal metres for rhythm. Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall. Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.